To further strengthen our collaboration project between the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Bern, we are seeking a motivated PhD candidate for a translational research project. This project aims to identify the wiring and dynamics of neural circuits underlying sleep oscillations and sleep-dependent emotional modulation in rodent including mouse models of major depression, fear/anxiety and schizophrenia. Technical developments will focus on in vivo optogenetics, high density electrophysiology, optical imaging and behavior in freely-moving animals.
PhD position in Neuroscience
Recent Master degree in biology, neuro-engineering, or related fields, or a medical degree.
Previous experience in rodent stereotaxic surgery, optogenetics, in vivo electrophysiology (EEG, LFP, MUA, EMG) and behavioral analysis (e.g. sleep, fear conditioning, sensory integration)
Experience with signals analysis (spike sorting)
Computer programming (Matlab, Spike, C++, etc.) will be an advantage
Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work independently and together with a research team, and aptitude to mentor undergraduate and graduate students are also necessary attributes.
Comprehensive training opportunities
Excellent supervision by both preclinical and clinical researchers
A solid scientific and technical expertise in system neurosciences together with a highly collaborative environment between the ZEN, the Department of Neurology and the Department of Psychiatry at the University.
For further information, please contact Dr. Carolina Gutierrez Herrera, Phone +41 31 632 66 49
Examined immediately or upon agreement Temporary position 1 year (with possibility to extend)